Holistic Health & Wellness

4 Ways to Keep the Brain Sharp

As you get older, you may begin to notice that your memory isn’t like it used to be. Perhaps you’ve missed an all-important birthday of a family member, or maybe you didn’t show up to that appointment you made. Memory problems can happen at any age, but as you get older, forgetting things can be a worrying sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Luckily, keeping your mind sharp can help prevent the onset of these diseases or even help you avoid them altogether. Take a look at these ways to keep your brain sharp!

Keep learning

One of the most tried and tested methods of making sure that your mind is sharp and your memory is better than ever is by continuing to learn throughout your life. This doesn’t mean you should always enroll yourself in new college courses (that is unless you want to) as there are plenty of other ways of learning.

Watching the news, reading the newspaper, doing crosswords, solving puzzles, and even reading up about your interests online will help your mind stay focused and also widen your knowledge! Not only that, when you’re interested in something, you’re more likely to remember it!

Play board games

Board games are a fantastic way of bringing the family together and passing time while having fun. However, they’re fantastic for brain training too. This is because they prompt the players to think about their next moves as well as keeping an eye on what other players are doing. Why not set up a regular game of scrabble or monopoly to help keep you alert and have fun at the same time!

If board games aren’t your thing, then perhaps you could try downloading a brain training app on your phone or tablet. They work with the same sort of concept, and can be a wonderful pass time as well!

Use memory aids

Some people are just naturally forgetful, but it’s understandable that you want to do what you can to make sure you don’t forget anything. Utilize memory aids such as calendars, memos, sticky pads, and even the alarms on your phone so that you never miss a beat. Now to remember to use those aids…

If you could see my office area, you’d see lots of journals, notepads, and calendars. These are a must for me to remember even the simplest task.

Get plenty of sleep!

Finally, sleep is an essential part of life, yet many of us fail to get enough each day. It’s now easier than ever to ditch your bedtime to catch up on your favorite shows, but the body needs sleep to repair and that includes your mind too. Get plenty of sleep to help your mind repair and rejuvenate ready for the next day!

CHIME IN: What are some ways you exercise your brain? Let me know in the comments below!

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